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To the Editor: The current Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives is the most anti-environmental chamber that the League of Conservation Voters has seen since it was organized 40 years ago. It also has been the biggest attack on our air, water, lands, wildlife and Environmental Protection Agency that I have ever seen. Some of the measures in their continuous unprecedented assault on our nation's bedrock environmental laws include the following: The Interior and Environmental spending bill would threaten lives and health by outrageous funding cuts.
To The Editor: As human beings we are totally and irrevocably dependent on adequate supply of air, and it must be clean, water, and it must also be clean and food and it must be free of impurities. These are not simply choices, but absolute, bare bone, necessities. Yet, how strange is it that the right wing of the Republican Party in Congress is working with great effort to either eliminate those agencies that protect those supplies or substantially reduce them so that they are of no effect? Puzzling, isn't it? Do you ever wonder what they are up to? Richard W. Johnson Wacouta
To the Editor: Wednesday morning about 40 people held a final protest at Alliant Technical (originally part of the Honeywell Corporation) in Eden Prairie, Minn. Twelve of us, including four nuns and several teachers, lined up at the entrance in completely nonviolent civil disobedience and presented officials a warrant for a citizens' arrest of the company's CEO on the grounds that ATK continues to produce materials and weapons of war used against combatants and civilians alike in disregard for international law developed during the Nuremberg Trials and the Geneva Conventions.
To the Editor: Thomas Perry invented and then started manufacturing the Aeromotor Windmill in 1888. That classic American farm icon was 87 percent more efficient than its predecessors; so, when hundreds of thousands of windmills were sold, they made farming easier and they pumped the water which won the American West. The countless hours of human and animal drudgery that were saved by this one invention could have built 1,000 Egyptian pyramids, but it went instead to build our own American labor saving society. Windmills have been labor-saving devices since mankind's earliest history.
To the Editor: I awoke to a local farm report on my radio to hear a farmer saying that most who farmed are concerned and careful for our environment in their practices. I believe this is true of the many farmers that I know.
To the Editor: Another political season grinds on, and we are once again beguiled into resigning our intellect, challenged only to find a comfortable place on the couch to watch the contenders drone on. They go for the cute, they attack, they stretch for the clever line. Their performance, overall, ranges from somewhere between vacuous to dispiriting. It's often said that we get the political leadership we as the electorate deserve. But how did we deserve this? Perhaps it is because we have not taken our responsibility as voters seriously. We have not collectively worked to shape a cul
To the Editor: A cross-section of community volunteers have been meeting bi-weekly since January to plan the Walking the Talk of Welcome Workshop scheduled for Saturday Sept. 24. The workshop will be at First Lutheran Church (corner of West Avenue and Fifth Street/parking and access from the alley). Registration at the door starts at 9:15 a.m. and the workshop will end at 2:30 p.m. Costs are $15 per person/$10 for students and includes a box lunch. Scholarships are available at the registration table.
To the Editor: Red Wing School District's Community Education and Recreation office, with the support of the high school, is proud to announce our Community Service Letter Program. This is for Red Wing High School students in grades 8-12. An important life-lesson is learning to give back. High school is a perfect age to foster this characteristic.
To the Editor: On Sept. 2, the U.S. Department of Labor released its monthly unemployment report, with figures reflecting an economy still struggling to create the jobs necessary to put our nation back on the path to prosperity. In August, the national unemployment rate remained a disappointing 9.1 percent. To provide direct assistance to Minnesotans who are among the 14 million Americans looking for work, Congressman John Kline is hosting a career and jobs fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday Sept. 19 at the Eagan Community Center.
To the Editor: In the summer of 2009, we packed the Sheldon Theater for the premier of "Entre Act," a delightful and touching film starring friends and neighbors. Once again, you can help fill the seats at our theater -- this time for the presentation of a very special documentary film starring some of your friends and neighbors! We hope you'll be at the Sheldon Theater on Saturday Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.